Biological analysis

Confarma, a company specialized in biological analyses, was acquired by Solvias in 2013. It offers high calibre microbiology, chemistry, toxicology and cell biology services according to GMP, CGMP (FDA) and now to GLP and ISO 17025 standards.

Whether you are from the pharmaceutical, biopharmaceutical, medical device or cosmetics industry, we deliver the right results first time with expert interpretation for all your biological analyses. These span microbiology, cellular biology, virology, toxicology and molecular biology, with particular expertise in sterile products and environments. Carried out at our specialist facility in Alsace (France), close to our main headquarters in Basel, these tests include:


  • Test for sterile products (rapid sterility test, sterility test, bioburden, Mycoplasma detection)
  • Test for non-sterile products (Microbial Limit Test (MLT), challenge test)
  • Environmental testing (water analyses, mapping, microbiological identification, disinfectants)
  • Specialised studies (antibiotics, integrity testing, alternative methods)

Biology, toxicology and cellular biology

  • Endotoxin and pyrogen testing: MAT (in vitro pyrogen test)
  • Cell bioassays (characterisation)
  • In vitro assays (cytotoxicity, genotoxicity, Ames test, ELISA, proteins)
  • Biocompatibility (all in vitro & in vivo studies) according to ISO 10993 and USP guidelines (<87> and <88>)


  • Virus detection
  • Virus activity measurements
  • Virus identification by DNA sequencing


  • Test for sterile products: particles size determination
  • Test for herbal products: pesticides
  • Environmental testing (cleaning validation, total organic carbon, total hydrocarbons)